Improved interface control for high-performance graphene-based organic solar cells

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2D Materials, ISSN: 2053-1583, Vol: 4, Issue: 4

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Jung, Seungon; Lee, Junghyun; Choi, Yunseong; Lee, Sang Myeon; Yang, Changduk; Park, Hyesung
Chemistry; Materials Science; Physics and Astronomy; Engineering
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The demand for high-efficiency flexible optoelectronic devices is ever-increasing because nextgeneration electronic devices that comprise portable or wearable electronic systems are set to play an important role. Graphene has received extensive attention as it is considered to be a promising candidate material for transparent flexible electrode platforms owing to its outstanding electrical, optical, and physical properties. Despite these properties, the inert and hydrophobic nature of graphene surfaces renders it difficult to use in optoelectronic devices. In particular, commonly used charge transporting layer (CTL) materials for organic solar cells (OSCs) cannot uniformly coat a graphene surface, which leads to such devices failing. Herein, this paper proposes an approach that will enable CTL materials to completely cover a graphene electrode; this is done with the assistance of commonly accessible polar solvents. These are successfully applied to various configurations of OSCs, with power conversion efficiencies of 8.17% for graphene electrode-based c-OSCs (OSCs with conventional structures), 8.38% for i-OSCs (OSCs with inverted structures), and 7.53% for flexible solar cells. The proposed approach is expected to bring about significant advances for efficiency enhancements in graphene-based optoelectronic devices, and it is expected that it will open up new possibilities for flexible optoelectronic systems.